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Darren R. Halpin and Anthony J. Nownes

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780190883003

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190883003.001.0001

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Silicon Valley Leaders in Federal Elections

Silicon Valley Leaders in Federal Elections

(p.67) 3 Silicon Valley Leaders in Federal Elections
The New Entrepreneurial Advocacy

Darren R. Halpin

Anthony J. Nownes

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 examines one individual form of corporate elite political engagement—campaign giving. The chapter undertakes an in-depth look at the itemized federal campaign contributions of Silicon Valley CEOs and founders during the 2015–2016 federal election cycle. Relying upon publicly available Federal Election Commission data on individual contributions, the chapter answers questions including: How prevalent is campaign giving among the corporate elites on our SV150+ CEO and founder lists? Do these corporate elites give more or less than other sets of corporate elites? In their giving, are SV150+ CEOs and founders as Democratic as previous studies suggest they are? Are they indeed a new financial constituency of the Democratic Party? Are Silicon Valley corporate elites simply furthering their firms’ interests when they give, or are they “free agents” following their own, personal preferences?

Keywords:   campaign contributions, corporate elites, founders, CEOs, campaign finance, political action committees (PACs)

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